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Artificial cilia robots which respond to light aligned in a circle formation.

This robot is smaller than a human hair

Humans would not be where they are today without the aid of robots. The first modern and programmable robot was invented by George Devol in 1954, which lifted pieces of hot metal from die casting machines in New Jersey. Since then, robots have come a long way, now being able to sort through Read More...

Galaxy panoramic, star cluster and nebula shining in a milky way.

Hubble Telescope spots farthest star ever recorded

We've set a new benchmark in the world of stars: the farthest individual star ever seen to date. This one has a predicted mass at least 50 times that of our Sun and is millions of times brighter, plus, was created within the first billion years of the Big Bang. This may seem like a long time after Read More...

The battery-free dandelion seed inspired device, powered by solar panels, seen in black in the middle.

These battery-free sensors fly like dandelion seeds

Wireless sensors are a versatile technology used to measure all sorts of conditions, without the restraint of being attached to a stationary object the whole time. They have many applications such as in medicine - like this wireless sensor which monitors bone health - or in measuring environmental Read More...

Old-fashioned clock next to pumpkin and fall foliage

Why we have daylight saving time and how you can help your body adjust to it

Daylight savings time 2021 If you live in the US, tomorrow marks the official end of daylight saving time, also known as “fall back.” Despite widespread pushback against the concept of daylight savings, it is still practiced in 48 states (Hawaii and Arizona opt out). Today, we’re sharing the Read More...

Early bird gets the worm—Her

Early bird gets the worm—Here’s how to become a “morning person”

Your chronotype describes your body’s natural circadian rhythm trends. Are you an early bird or more of a night owl? Although this predisposition to waking and sleeping at a certain hour is, in fact, partially genetic, you can change your body’s natural behavior with some easy tricks. Here’s Read More...

New molecule can harness over

New molecule can harness over 50% more solar energy than current solar cells

For the first time ever, scientists have managed to develop a single molecule that can absorb energy from the entire visible spectrum of light, meaning it can harness over 50 percent more solar energy than conventional solar cells. That also means it can catalyze that energy into hydrogen. Read More...

Human Charger uses light to sy

Human Charger uses light to sync humans with the sun, reduces jet lag symptoms

Finnish company Valkee knows a thing or two about seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Its latest device, called the Human Charger, aims to improve jet lag by sending UV-free, blue-enriched white light through earbuds to keep the user in sync with the cycle of the sun. Light as preventive Read More...

Lighten up

Lighten up

A photograph of the world at night shows evidence of the need for better power supply in developing nations. | April 2008 issue This manipulated photograph, showing the world at night, provides ample evidence of the need for a better power supply in developing nations. Since the 1970s, Read More...